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Sounds of Silence

I’m not an avid Pandora listener. But, when I do, every once in a while a song will catch me. I’ll find the song, hit play, & turn on repeat. That happened last week with “Sounds of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel.

Maybe I’m reading into it too much. But some of the lyrics struck me as glaringly relevant to today’s society. Funny how some things never change…or at the very least we as people repeat cycles.

Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared

Disturb the sound of silence

“Fools”, said I, “You do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you

Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words, like silent raindrops fell
And echoed
In the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming

And the sign said, “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls”
And whispered in the sounds of silence

I see parallels to valuable silence that seems to nearly impossible to find in today’s culture of digital noise. To the cacophony of voices all clambering to be heard, fighting for attention. But everyone is so busy talking that no one is listening. Rather than listening to & connecting with one another we’re bowing to a neon god. All the while, the prophets, often those on the peripherals of society, are quietly & faithfully trying to warn us. But we’re too busy tirelessly shouting in vain to notice.

Do you see what I see in these lyrics? Any thoughts? 


Throwback Sundays…Choosing Silence

“I think television has betrayed the meaning of democratic speech, adding visual chaos to the confusion of voices. What role does silence play in all this noise?”
– Federico Fellini

I’m still asking that question…”What role does silence play in all this noise?” Read the rest of the original post here.

Is Solitude Always the Answer?

Confession time: my head & my heart feel like they’re going to explode these days.

I realize that may sound completely ridiculous but that is the best description I can come up with. My head is full of ideas…I feel like I have more ideas than I know what to do with or have the time to process and work through. My heart is full of hope, uncertainty, gratitude, excitement, and everything in between. Describing what’s on my heart is where words seem to be failing me most. These days I’m learning to treasure the times when I sit down in front of my computer or with a pen and my journal and the words just flow. For a brief moment there is some relief.

Having a heart and a head so full makes me want to get away. Not run away, but simply escape for a time to create space to process it all. And I have done just that for parts of days here and there in the last few weeks. But, I’m talking multiple days in a row of processing, decompressing, & renewal. I’m realizing however, that there is a problem: I become more of an extroverted introvert every single day. Every day I find more energy from my interactions with people than from being alone. Every day I find processing with others more productive than doing so alone. Given all of that I’m not sure how productive and refreshing multiple days in a row alone would be for me.

That brings me to the question: is solitude always the best answer? Always necessary? Or is it possible to achieve the same result by escaping with other people? I’d love to hear your thoughts!